Here’s a quick Broadway News Wrap Up from the past week:
Jagged Little Pill Musical to Play Broadhurst Theatre
Jagged Little Pill, a new musical built around the songs of Alanis Morissette’s popular 1995 album of the same name, will play Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre, with preview performances beginning November 3, 2019, followed by an opening night on December 3. The musical premiered at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts last year. Directed by Diane Paulus and featuring a book by Diablo Cody with additional music by Glen Ballard, Mike Farrell and Guy Sigsworth, Jagged Little Pill tells an original story about a family grappling with uncomfortable truths about many of the urgent issues deeply affecting our communities and our world today. The musical is inspired by the themes and emotions laid bare in Morissette’s Grammy-winning album that introduced beloved anthems including “Ironic,” “You Oughta Know” and “Hand in My Pocket.” Casting for the Broadway engagement will be confirmed at a later date. More details here.
Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story Remake to Premiere in 2020
The new film adaptation of West Side Story, directed by Steven Spielberg, is set to arrive in movie theatres December 18, 2020, Disney announced as part of its 20th Century Fox release slate. Ansel Elgort and newcomer Rachel Zegler will star as Tony and Maria, with Tony nominee Ariana DeBose as Anita, David Alvarez as Bernardo, Tony nominee Brian d’Arcy James as Officer Krupke, Corey Stoll as Lietenant Schrank, and EGOT winner and star of the original film Rita Moreno, who’ll play the newly created Valentina. Angels in America playwright Tony Kushner will adapt Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim’s musical for the screen; also attached is Tony-winning choreographer Justin Peck. Filming is expected to begin this summer. More details here.
Broadway Revival of 1776 Planned for 2021
Roundabout Theatre Company and the American Repertory Theater will produce a revival of the musical 1776. The staging from Tony winner Diane Paulus will first play the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based A.R.T. as part of the venue’s upcoming season, followed by a Broadway run in spring 2021 at the American Airlines Theatre. The production will also be presented in several cities between the A.R.T. and Roundabout engagements, including Los Angeles at the Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre. Additional dates, cities, and cast and creative team will be announced at a later date. 1776 premiered on Broadway in 1969, earning positive reviews, and ran for 1,217 performances. The production was nominated for five Tony Awards and won three, including the Tony Award for Best Musical. In 1972 it was made into a film adaptation. The Roundabout Theatre Company first mounted the piece in 1998, receiving a Tony nomination for Best Revival of Musical. Featuring a book by Peter Stone and a score by Sherman Edwards, 1776 spans the two months ahead of the signing of the Declaration of Independence as John Adams persuades his fellow Founding Fathers to escape British rule, putting his own morality at stake. More details here.
Beatles Tribute Band Rain joins In Residence on Broadway Series
Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles, the critically-acclaimed concert which played Broadway in 2010, has joined the lineup of shows in the upcoming In Residence on Broadway series at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The return run, titled The Best of Abbey Road Live! – in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles album Abbey Road – will play an eight-performance engagement from July 16-21. Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles takes audiences back in time with four performers embodying the legendary Beatles stars, delivering the songs that made the band famous, including iconic hits “Hey Jude,” “Let It Be,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “Blackbird,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Penny Lane.” Rain joins a previously announced lineup of In Residence on Broadway shows, including the currently running Morrissey (through May 11) and the upcoming Yanni (May 28-June 2), Mel Brooks (June 17-18), Regina Spektor (June 20-26) and Criss Angel (July 2-7). More details here.